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'Scandal' Officially Ending with Season 7, Shonda Rhimes Releases Statement

'Scandal' Officially Ending with Season 7, Shonda Rhimes Releases Statement

It’s official – Kerry Washington‘s hit series Scandal will be ending after season seven, which will air during the 2017-18 television season.

The news was rumored last week, but ABC finally confirmed it leading up to the network’s upfronts event on Tuesday (May 16).

“Deciding how to end a show is easy,” Scandal creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes said in a statement. “Deciding when to finish is quite simple when the end date is years away. But actually going through with it? Actually standing up to say: ‘This is it?’ Not so much. So, next year we are going all out. Leaving nothing on the table. Creating this world in celebration. We are going to handle the end the way we like to handle the important things in our Scandal family: all together, white hats on, gladiators running full speed over a cliff.”

Click inside to read statements from the ABC execs…

Executives for ABC also released statements about the ending of the hit series.

Shonda has decided the series needs to come to a close, and while this is definitely a bittersweet moment for all of us gladiators, I have no doubt what she has in store for the final season will be as powerful as what’s come before, and we will be sure to honor that every step of the way,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment.

“ABC Studios is so proud of Scandal, and the Shondaland TGIT franchise, which have been so important to our studio’s success. It’s hard to imagine Thursday nights without Olivia Pope and company and the roller-coaster ride of the last six seasons,” said Patrick Moran, president, ABC Studios.

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